• Fiction Friday,  Healthy Living,  Writing

    When will body positivity meet literary diversity?

    Diversity is shaping up to be the word of the decade. From the White House to the Oscars to literature, it’s a hot topic. As it should be. As both an author and reader, I’m taking steps to curb the gross bias against non-white, non-hetero, and disabled people in our literature. I’m reading more diverse (especially diverse authors) and being far more conscious of the diversity in my own writing than I ever have before, because I have come to see how much REPRESENTATION MATTERS.  

  • Healthy Living,  Mystic Monday,  Real Life

    Grounding through the Summer Buzz

    I’m a summer child. My birthday is just one week before the solstice, and the summer is when I come fully alive. I love the heat. I love long, languid days and soft, humid nights. I love sunshine, and light, and bright colors. Someone once likened me to a butterfly; saying that I break out of a cocoon and become someone else as the sun takes hold. I’m naturally light and airy. The air signs dominate my astrological chart, and my Ayurvedic sign is Vata. Because of these things, the heat of summer is the perfect balance for me. But the constant INERTIA of the warmer, more active seasons can…

  • Healthy Living,  Real Life

    Holistic Health Hacks for Writers: Kicking Joe to the Curb

    This is the second post in a series of Holistic Health Hacks for Writers (or any desk jockey).  If you want to catch up, read the first post on how to combat living in an indoor cave here. Quick review: WRITING = BUTT IN CHAIR BUTT IN CHAIR = BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH In the first post, I mentioned the Holy Trinity to romance writers everywhere: coffee, chocolate, and wine.  Unfortunately, none of those are healthy for you in large quantities.  So, without further ado, let’s talk about how your good friend Joe is trapping you in a health-eroding cycle. Problem: Caffeine Dependence Maybe you’re thinking right now, “Oh HELL NO – I’m…